Mixing local DJs and performers in one two floor bill, Saturday’s Beats and Tunes… for a cause at Governors Pub looks like the place to be this weekend.
In support of Brittany Shepard, a Glace Bay native who has recently been diagnosed with a serious blood disorder, the show will feature songwriters and bands upstairs beginning at 10pm, while the downstairs will feature DJs beginning at 11pm. Featuring a lineup where every act is can’t miss, it is well worth your time and $5 to hit the show and support a great cause.
Friday night Governors hosts Halifax celtic sextet The Fourth Well, while Thursday night sees a songwriters circle made up of Carleton Stone, Steven MacDougall (Slowcoaster), and Antigonish rising star Molly Thomason.
The 16 year old Thomason, who has been nominated the last two years for Music Nova Scotia awards, is described by her peers as an old soul with huge reserves of passion. Two of her songs have found their way to number one on the East Coast Countdown, while “Kiss Me” was featured on an episode of Degrassi last fall. She is currently supporting a new album, Beauty Queen, which was produced by Dale Murray of the Guthries. Thomason will also be playing from 6-8pm on Thursday at Wentworth Perk.
I had the chance to check out the The Upstairs Club last Friday night featuring many of the best local DJs. I am not huge into the scene or the music, but I always enjoy watching D-Tox when he is performing. He openly exhibits a love for his art, dancing along for much of his set. Also on the bill was electronic pioneer Art Damage. I’ve known him for a good many years and I always enjoy the variety of his sound and the generational difference between his work and that of his peers.
Closing the night was Selekt Injekt, a local three-piece consisting of electronic beats, occasional guitar, and two vocalists. A mix of industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails and ’80s new wave artists like Depeche Mode, the trio were a refreshing contrast to both the DJ and rock scene. I quite enjoyed their set and was pleasantly surprised to hear a cover of a tune by Guilttrip, a turn of the century local act that also featured Selekt Injekt’s DJ Roger Redmond.
Track of the Week: “Typikal” by Selekt Injekt. Very much reminiscent of their live set, I enjoy the interplay between beats and live instrumentation. The vocals from Marco are moody and dripping of influence from Nine Inch Nails. This is the type of band that gets lost in the gap between the electronic and rock scenes, but I hope they are able to find their niche and continue to perform live on a regular basis.